07/10/2002 3:16 AM ET
Konerko enjoys All-Star Game
By Jim Molony / MLB.com
MILWAUKEE -- White Sox slugger Paul Konerko tied an All-Star Game record with two doubles during the 73rd Midsummer Classic Tuesday night at Miller Park.
Paul Konerko tied an All-Star Game record with two doubles Tuesday night. (Charlie Neibergall/AP)
"Somehow I don't think this game will be remembered for that," Konerko said, laughing, after the game was called after 11 innings and the score tied at 7-all. "Except maybe by me."
A funny thing happened on the way to the record book, something no one could have seen coming. Konerko replaced New York first baseman Jason Giambi in the bottom of the fourth inning. In his first at-bat Konerko, lashed a double off San Diego's Trevor Hoffman in the sixth but was stranded.
Konerko, however, was just getting warmed up.
"I really like hitting here," said Konerko, who also competed in the Home Run Derby on Monday night. "The ball carries well here, and it's a good hitter's park.
"But when you're facing guys like Trevor Hoffman, you're just trying to get a piece of the ball and hope it finds a hole. You're not thinking extra bases."
It was a Konerko, with a two-run double in the seventh, who gave the Junior Circuit its first lead. His double off Arizona's Byung-Hyun Kim with two outs scored Baltimore's Tony Batista and Oakland's Miguel Tejada to give the American League a 6-5 lead. He tied the record for doubles, also matched by Arizona's Damian Miller this night, and they share the feat with seven other players.
"It's nice to be in the record book," he said. "It's the kind of thing you look back on with pride."
All of that was overshadowed by the events of the evening, including Torii Hunter's tremendous catch, Jimmy Rollins' perfect night and, of course, the bizarre way the game concluded. But Konerko wasn't complaining.
"We all want to win," he said. "This may be the only game this year where nobody lost. The fans got 11 great innings, they got to see every player play, they got to see great plays and a lot of good hitting and pitching. You might be upset that the game ended in a tie, but I don't see how you could be upset with the game. It was a great game."
Konerko was also pleased that teammate Mark Buerhle was there and got a chance to pitch. Buerhle gave up a run on two hits in two innings of work.
"That made it more special for me to have Mark here and part of all of this," Konerko said. "It was a great night, a memorable night, even if it ended in a tie.
Jim Molony is a writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.